Reported Celtic target Lys Mousset has been compared to Moussa Dembele by Chris Sutton.
The ex-Hoops forward has seen much of the Bournemouth man given his following of the English Premier League. Despite making 28 appearances this season and bagging just two goals, Sutton seems to like the look of him. Celtic have been credited with an interest (Scottish Sun).
Dembele bagged over 50 goals at Celtic, but his all-round power game blew Scottish football away. He left the club for a record sale of £19.7million for the Hoops (BBC). Since then, the Hoops have tried to get Odsonne Edouard to fill his boots. But despite finishing the campaign as the club’s top scorer, French Eddy hasn’t quite had the same impact as the stunning Dembele.
Sutton, however, believes that Mousset is of a similar type of forward to our former Frenchman. Speaking in the Daily Record this morning (08:02am), this is what big Chris had to say on him:
“Lys Mousset is a similar type to Dembele, would he be worth it? He is a physical type player, a real handful.
“He’s not had enough game time at Bournemouth but there’s no shame in that with Callum Wilson and Josh King.
“I think it would be a decent piece of business for Celtic.”
Goal return is a put-off
There’s something about Mousset’s goal record that doesn’t seem appealing. He has just five goals in 71 appearances for Bournemouth. At the end of the day, that’s highly unimpressive.
Celtic need someone who can shift the goal weight off of Edouard’s shoulders. Mousset has never proved he can be that man. He did score a decent 14 goals in 35 games a Le Havre. But that’s still not enough to make an offer.
The striker has been in and out of the Bournemouth side this season. The Sun have also rated him as being worth £10million. That would be a club record fee if Celtic decided to make the move. Does his CV truly warrant that?
Of course, the same could’ve been said about Edouard before he arrived at Parkhead. There’s no way supporters would’ve been behind spending big money on him. But that was before he made his mark here during a loan spell. We knew what Edouard could bring to the table, and he hasn’t disappointed.
Mousset, on the other hand, is effectively an unknown quantity for many. When it comes to strikers, we could do with someone that has a fine goal record. Edouard needs a hand, and Mousset doesn’t seem like he has the pedigree to provide it.